When we see the episode of EastEnders that airs on Thursday 10th October, at the hospital, Ava, Dexter and Sam listen as the consultant talks them through any possible complications of the forthcoming operation…
However, Dexter becomes increasingly anxious as he looks at the consent form, and suddenly admits to his parents that he can’t go through with it before running off.
Back in the Square, Dexter continues to ignore phone calls from Ava, and with the weight of the world on his shoulders, he finds himself opening up to Patrick.
Meanwhile, when Cora returns from visiting Tanya, Abi and Kirsty fill her in on why Max is in prison. Cora’s annoyed not to have been told sooner, and after being updated on Dexter’s upcoming operation to save Sam, Cora rushes off to the hospital…
As Sam and Ava talk, both are shocked to see Cora in the doorway, asking if Dexter has seen sense and done a runner. Ava and Cora go head to head as Cora says she’s staying put to talk some sense into Dexter, should he come back.
At the allotments, Dexter admits to Patrick that he’s worried about how his mum will cope should anything happen to him. Full of wise words, Patrick advises him to speak to Ava about how he really feels, and Dexter eventually returns to the hospital. Faced with his warring mum and gran, he eventually makes the decision to go through with the operation.
Back in Walford, as Janine’s determined to hold it together, Michael gleefully talks to Alice about how weak Janine is…
Enjoying the power, Michael heads over to Janine’s, but when she rebuffs his help, he manages to wind her up even more, telling her what a mother she is to Scarlett.
Later, after giving Alice the afternoon off, a scheming Janine asks Michael to look after Scarlett for a couple of hours, and although surprised, an overjoyed Michael agrees.
However, after getting his hopes up, Janine later drops a bombshell on Michael by telling him she’s going to change Scarlett’s surname to Butcher. Janine then pushes Michael too far and he grabs her by the throat while warning her that he will win this war.
With pure hatred in his eyes, Michael’s grip tightens until Janine, gasping for breath, apologises. Smiling, Michael releases his grip leaving Janine terrified.
Later on, in Butcher’s Joints, Janine reluctantly agrees to Lucy’s wages and responsibilities being increased, and asks Danny to show her the ropes. And it seems Lucy and Danny are both up for the challenge when Janine tells them they’ll be in competition with each other as they’ll be working for commission.
Danny’s secretly annoyed at Lucy’s immediate success, and Lucy promises to buy him a drink out of her commission. However, he soon plays dirty leaving Lucy fuming.
At the Arches, a tired Phil sends Carl packing when he sniffs around trying to off-load some dodgy booze. Later though, Phil’s left thoughtful when Carl manages to procure a rare car part, and wavers when Carl says they’d make a great team. However, Jay puts Phil off doing any deals with Carl, and both Phil and Jay are pleased when Phil agrees to Jay moving back in with him.
Also in this episode, Joey’s thrown when Lauren finally admits she isn’t seeing Peter, but when he questions her on who her new man is, Lauren tells him to back off.
And finally, Whitney’s confident about her job interview and tells David it’s a done deal given that Ava will be interviewing her.
Here’s a look at the next episode of EastEnders…